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Hard Drive conversion

Question: Hard Drive conversion

I am running a PC with ME as the OS.ME is not very co-operative with USB plug and play also I have problems with various software programmes.I also have a laptop running XP and everything that will not run on ME runs fine on the laptop with XP.Now the crunch line-I have been given a Hitachi hard drive (2yrs old) which has been wiped of all personal data leaving just XP(+SP2).If I connect it to my PC, it appears to recognise the hard drive and asks if would like to start normally/safe mode etc etc.At this point there appears a large list of Windows items but that is all.I have the original COA etc for the updates but I think I am missing something a bit more critical.I was told by a computer clinic that my system would easily cope with XP.Any help would be appreciated "but" I am a touch limited in the technical department.

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Preferred Solution: Hard Drive conversion

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

Answer: Hard Drive conversion

So what do you want to do?Use this Hitachi drive on another PC?I don't quite understand what you want to do and what the problem is, sorry.

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It is on a computer running XP SP3. Now, it shows up in ?My Computer? but with no statistics and I cannot open it. The drive does not show up in Windows Disk Management. I have gone thru the Seagate website's ?External Drive Trouble Shooter for WinDOWS xp/2000? as well as contacting Seagate Support with no success. I have tried Windows Format, DOS Format, Seatools for Windows, HD LFF Low Level Format, testdisk_win, and Disk Wizard with no success. The drive showed up but they all reported failure in testing and/or accessing the disk. Seatools for DOS sounds like it would do the trick but it didnotrecognizeeitherofmyexternaldrives, theotheroneofwhichisworking.Can anyone recommend a fix? Seems to me that it is a software problem, not a hardware problem, so there should be a software solution. I have very limited funds and can't afford to replace the drive right now. It is used as a backup drive so loss of the data on the drive is not an issue. I'll just run another backup when the drive is restored to health. My boot drive is not backed up on this drive, so that is not a problem.
 

Answer:Seagate expansion hard drive worked fine until I aborted a conversion to a compressed drive

Have you tried reinitializing the drive?
 

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Hi can someone please help with a bit of advice.

I am looking to Change my hard drive foe IDE to sata cone someone please point me in the right direction with some step by step instructions.

I know i will need a sata cable but do i need a special power cable as well or will the normal power cable fit

Thanks
 

Answer:Sata Hard Drive Conversion

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I have acquired some Fiber Channel components and the only ones I am potentially interested in keeping are the Seagate Cheeta (SP) 10000 rpm fibre channel hard drives. Are there rear drive add on boards that can convert these drives from FC to IDE? I am not interested in acquiring a whole FC Array to use these drives. For one thing they are useful only if i was interested in a mass storage server array for which I have no need or interest. Anyone know?:amazed:

Answer:Fibre Channel hard drive conversion to IDE

I don't think so....

And even so, that hard drive should be WAY faster then IDE can manage, shouldn't it? Your MB will burst into flames!

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Okay so i was doing your usual conversion of a FAT32 drive to NTFS using Paragon partition manager. It was my external 500gb lacie hard drive (H and to my horror i returned from class to see my computer had rebooted during the process. It was my own human error as i forgot to stop the windows update process in the command prompt.

Now i couldnt afford to let my pc convert it in the saftey of a no OS environment that day because i had to write an essay, but now im wishing i had. The problem is around 80% of my files are now no longer showing on the drive, but the space for them is still allocated. That lead me to the conclusion theyre still on the drive.

I decided to finish the conversion on Paragon which kept bringing up an error. After running a CHKDSK /F fix acronis carried on the operation as per normal and reached 100%. STILL MY FILES WERE MISSING.

I then decided to run numerous recovery programs to see if i could find the files. However they all picked up zilch...

My final idea was to run the seriously time consuming CHKDSK /R as a last ditch attempt. All was going well until it came up with an "unspecified error" at the end of stage 5. Now im all out of ideas...

I am going to try defraging and running CHKDSK /R again to see if the error is a reccuring one... If it is then im stumped. Its just really annoying because my files are still on there! The space is allocated but theyre just not showing up!!!! ARGH!

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At first, I don't need to recover my data, I just want my drive back to re-use it.
How can a format my usb drive including all boot sectors which sees to be locked/write-protected by bitlocker?

My problem starts with decrypting my drive by deactivting bitlocker on it by entering the valid password/recovery key. At 36% of decryption the process halts without reason. Now, I'm unable to access my drive or resume the process.

I tried...
    ...to format with windows
   ..remove with diskmgmt
   ... remove with diskpart
   ... repair-bde
   ... manage-bde
   ... ubuntu live cd
   ... mass production tool software, to override the whole stick

nothing worked. The only thing which worked was once the software M3 Bitlocker recovery Free, but just one time to access the locked partition. But, as mentioned I don't need to recover my data. With that tool I'm not able to wipe the drive.

That Bitlocker protects my data till the end is good, but that it breaks my data and my hardware in such a case is not fair.
How can I break the write-protection mode to finally wipe the hard drive?

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Hi Mr/Ms
I
flash
drive encrypted
with BitLocker 
I used
this
driver for three months my computer is broken I bought a new computer    when i was try my flash disk new computer its give me this  problem 
BitLocker Drive Encryption failed to recover from an abruptly terminated conversion. This could be due to either all conversion logs being corrupted or the media being write-protected
? know my passworrd but I do not know
the BitLocker
recovery key what can i do know pls some one help me 

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I just got my Lenovo X200 (without ultra base and I don't have a USB DVD drive)

The unit came with three recovery discs to upgrade (or downgrade depending on your views of Vista)

-Disc 1 : Start Recovery Disc
-Disc 2: Operating System Recovery Disc (Vista Business SP 1)
-Disc 3: Applications and Drivers Recovery Disc

I would like to use the 3 disc "recovery disc set" to roll over the pre-installed XP to Vista Business. How can I accomplish this without having to purchase a DVD drive? This will be pretty much the last time I will ever use one.

Anyways. I was hoping there would be a way to do it via my 160GB external hard drive OR some how sharing the CD/DVD drive on my old laptop over my "wireless network"??????

SO FAR---I partitioned my USB HDD into 3 and directly copied all the files on each respective disc into its respective partition. (no extra folders or anything, just as they were on the DVD. I then changed the BIOS priorities to boot from the USB HDD (it WAS recognized). However, once the boot proceeded I received "NTLDR is missing."

I hope there is a way!! I really don't want to buy a CD/DVD drive!!


Can anyone help me solve this problem?

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I am sick of the file size limitations on my external drive. So I decided I would convert it to NTFS, however, when I run the command lines a message pops upROBLEM:cannot run because this volume is in use by another process. Convert may run if this volume is dismounted first. All open handles to this volume would then be invalid. What does this mean? Will it ruin my drive if I go through with it?Or can the invalid handles be repaired?What is an open handle?
 

Answer:NTFS External drive conversion

It means some program is using the drive. It may be because you have a folder open on that drive, or if you installed a defragger, it may be monitoring the drive.

In any case, if you have no program that you know of that is using the drive, then you may as well terminate all handles to it if the application offers. Otherwise, you can do it with chkdsk /x.
 

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Hi Guys,

May I request your kind assistance or help to recover my deleted/lost partition. I have a lot of important files like documents and pictures that I need to recover . Please help me guys.

Please see the screenshot before the converstion happened.

Kind regards,
Donald

Answer:Lost partition drive after conversion of MBR to GPT.

Welcome to the forum can you explain what you have done and how you did it and we're we are at now

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Hi Guys,

May I request your kind assistance or help to recover my deleted/lost partition. I have a lot of important files like documents and pictures that I need to recover . Please help me guys.

Please see the screenshot before the converstion happened.

Kind regards,
Donald

Answer:Lost partition drive after conversion of MBR to GPT.

Welcome to the forum can you explain what you have done and how you did it and we're we are at now

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Newbie to the Windows 10 world.

I just purchased a 6 TB drive, plugged it into my Windows 7 computer, and it worked fine for a system backup using Macrium prior to the Windows 10 conversion. Now am converted to Windows 10, and reading that I need the large drives converted to GPT from MBR.

I have found reference to the AOMEI Partition Assistant to make this conversion on the data drive, but the C drive is a different animal.

My understanding is that GPT is necessary for the large data drive, and only necessary for the GPT on the C drive if I migrate to UEFI.

I have two questions:
Is it necessary to have the 6 TB drive formatted in GPT, or does it solve any capacity issues I may have with MBR?
To convert the C drive to GPT, what are the steps I need to take to make this work? Make a Macrium backup and rescue disk, save an image file, reformat C drive, and then reload the image onto C drive, now in GPT format?

Would reloading an image onto a differently formatted C drive actually work? Or am I making this too complicated?

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Newbie to the Windows 10 world.

I just purchased a 6 TB drive, plugged it into my Windows 7 computer, and it worked fine for a system backup using Macrium prior to the Windows 10 conversion. Now am converted to Windows 10, and reading that I need the large drives converted to GPT from MBR.

I have found reference to the AOMEI Partition Assistant to make this conversion on the data drive, but the C drive is a different animal.

My understanding is that GPT is necessary for the large data drive, and only necessary for the GPT on the C drive if I migrate to UEFI.

I have two questions:
Is it necessary to have the 6 TB drive formatted in GPT, or does it solve any capacity issues I may have with MBR?
To convert the C drive to GPT, what are the steps I need to take to make this work? Make a Macrium backup and rescue disk, save an image file, reformat C drive, and then reload the image onto C drive, now in GPT format?

Would reloading an image onto a differently formatted C drive actually work? Or am I making this too complicated?

Answer:GPT disk conversion for both data drives and C drive

The conventional wisdom is that converting MBR to GPT when C drive is involved, requires a reinstall. But this isnt true. You can 'convert' your MBR C drive to GPT but it's a bit complicated. I'm not familiar with Aomei, I would recommend using either DriveImageXML (free) or Drive Snapshot (free trial but needs a serial #) to back up C drive. Once backup is done, destroy the partitions and create a GPT partition table with whatever tool you like. I prefer using Gparted in Linux-based Partition Magic. Your first partition should be an EFI system partition (used for UEFI booting), format it as FAT32 and give it the 'boot/EFI/legacy boot' flags. This partition need not be any bigger than 512MB. Next create a partition for C, whatever size you like. Then create any other partitions you want.

When done, boot into either a Windows-based rescue environment or Windows setup USB/DVD/etc. Now you will need GetWAIKTools, use it to download files necessary to create boot files for 10. Restore your backup image into the empty partition you designated for C drive. The partition needs to be at least as big as it was under MBR or it may not restore (i.e. if it's 100GB now then it needs to be at least that big before restoring).

Last use bcdboot (that you got from GetWAIKTools) in a CMD (command) prompt to create boot files. Make sure your EFI partition is mounted to a drive letter first. This is where boot files will go.

Example: bcdboot C:\Windows /l en-US /s A: /f UEFI

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Hi Again,
Ive just converted a 64Gb USB Flash Memory from NTFS to Fat32, as far as im aware the conversion was successful confirmed by Disk Management and im still able to acheive 64GB space.
Im wanting to use the flash drive on the PS3, i know the PS3 will accept AVI files and MP4 files. The files range from home videos, movies and TV. some of the files will play but some wont, they are either not supported, no file in folders and file corrupt, but when I use my another 8Gb flash memory I have no problem watching any of those files types. Ive also used Format Factory to convert back and forth.
The flash drives packaging says USB flash memory but on PS3 it says USB flash disk, im sure that shouldn't make any difference.
Has any one got any idea where I have went wrong?
Thanks
Wams

Answer:Flash Drive conversion to NTFS to Fat32

Normally you cannot convert from NTFS to Fat32 without losing the data
you can do it the other way round.
I suggest you reformat the stick and then recopy the files to the stick.

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Hi guys. Can anyone point me to where I can find a method to convert from a C++ CTime object to a SQL DATETIME field and back in C++ ado.net managed code? I've dredged everywhere for almost a full day and can find nothing on it.

Unfortunately the help offered for many areas of C++ by M$ is becoming painfully thin and new processes to me seem to be becoming harder to find out about.

Thanks.
 

Answer:Solved: Conversion between C++ CTime to SQL DATETIME conversion

It's ok now, I solved it myself. It turned out to be remarkably easy (once you know). CString is recognised intrinsically.

CString myString;
...
System::String^ strS = gcnew System::String(myString);
 

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I have a Dell Inspiron 6000 with a 1.5 GHz Pentium M processor, 2 GB RAM and Windows XP/Pro SP 2, InDesign CS3 (v. 5.0.1), and Word 2002 SP 3.

Problem description:

a) I have tried converting InDesign documents and Word documents with long hyperlinks to PDF. I have documents with some hyperlinks that are very long and require more than one line. The hyperlinks that I create in InDesign or Word that require more than one line look OK after conversion to PDF (using the Export command in InDesign), but, if I hover the mouse over the link in the PDF, all the characters in the URL on the second line are missing, and the link doesn’t work. I first discovered this using Acrobat Professional 7. Yesterday I downloaded a trial version of Acrobat Professional 8 (8.1.0), and I still have the problem.

Yes, I know I can create a hyperlink character style in InDesign with the “no break” feature enabled. However, that can result in appearance and text flow problems.

b) Furthermore, I tried to convert a Word document with a long hyperlink to PDF (using the Word Print command), and the same problem occurs.

To make matters worse, when I try to convert any Word document to PDF using the “Adobe PDF/Convert to Adobe PDF” menu item, I get this message:

“The Acrobat PDFMaker server could not be loaded. Do you want to run the installer in repair mode?”

I tried the repair mode. Then I tried it again from the Add/Remove Programs option in Control Panel. That did not solve either problem. R... Read more

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I have a M50 - 8187 Think Centre and I see on the motherboard and in the manual that there is a SATA 1 and a SATA 2 connection. I tried to hook up a SATA 2 hard drive but when I connect everything up using a SATA data cable, there is nothing recognizable in the BIOS. I took a 30 gig IDE hard drive and hooked it up as a slave and the BIOS recognized it right away. My question is, can a SATA hard drive be used on the M50 Think Centre series and if so, what do I have to do to get the SATA 2 controller recognized in the BIOS. I updated the BIOS to the latest version, but this did not help. I see no where in the BIOS to enable SATA. Any help regarding my problem is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!! Ken













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Answer:Installing a SATA 2 Hard Drive with the first hard drive being a primary IDE Hard Drive

You never will have to 'Enable' SATA for it to work, are you sure your plugging in the sata power cable ? The question may also be can your machine handle this drive, not can the machine handle sata. I would reccomend running a bios update, and then trying again. 

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Hi,

I know this is a well discussed topic,but i have been searching for an answer and trying out solutions(in vain) for almost 2hrs.

The problem is that i cant install Windows8,since i have a dynamic drive...
but i cant covert it into basic...
usually everyone has their main disk marked as basic,but mines marked as dynamic..ive attached the image..(x.jpg)
so i downloaded the minitool software ...now my doubt is should i click the convert to basic as shown in fig (v.jpg)? but doesnt doing so delete my windows 7 file or do some damage to the files existing? creating a backup is a viable option,but im just not sure of this whole procedure...

pls help..

Answer:Windows 8 Dynamic-Basic Drive Conversion Problem

Yes it will delete all partitions and data on the drive. Back up first, some more info here, Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk.

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Hi all,
 
I am attempting to install Win7 in an Inspiron 1545 with a new SATA hard drive that was purchased. When i insert the drive, I get "Internal Hard Disk Drive Not Found." I have verified the drive is not showing in the BIOS, I've already attempted to reseat the drive several times. In addition, I've attempted to load the chipset drivers, SATA drivers, etc from Dells website, the drive still does not show in the OS install when booting to DVD or in bios.
I dont believe it to be an issue with the new drive, as I plugged the new drive into another model Dell laptop and it recognizes the drive fine in BIOS, also I can still boot to the previous hard drive in this laptop without issue when i plug it back in.
Is there a specific driver, etc that I need to use for the drive to be recognized or other thoughts people have?

Answer:Inspiron 1545- replacing hard drive, new SATA drive not found "Internal Hard Disk Drive Not Found

This is strange - either the new hard drive has a rare compatibility issue with your onboard controller (I use a 500Gbyte in my 1545 without probs)) or it is a mechanical problem.I would take a close look at the physical dimensions and compare your original hdd with the new one.Watch the video (even though it's about a 1525 (similar to an 1545) and an SSD hdd) -  go to 2:20

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ok i have a Seagate Barracuda 250GB HP Model VB0250EAVER (ST3250318AS) SATA Hard Drive and i need to the max of hard drive i can run or allow on my DEll Optiplex 740  small factor tower plus  also need help about if i can upgrade my  ADM Athlon Dual core Processor 4850e  and higher?

Answer:want to upgrade my hard drive Seagate Barracuda 250GB HP Model VB0250EAVER (ST3250318AS) SATA Hard Drive

Any 3.5" drive at 2T or under should work fine.  Upgrading the CPU would mean buying used - these CPUs went out of production not long after your system was current - and that was a decade ago.

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Hey guys, kinda new here, hopefully I'm posting this in the right forum section.
I'm not that super oriented with computers, I'll give it my best shot to explain what's going on here.
In short my PC just won't start. The light turns on, it boots up, and then I get a black screen with text referring to either "Start Up Repair (recommended)"
or
"Start windows normally"
If I choose start windows normally, it brings me to the black booting screen with the windows flag, then it proceeds to go back and restart the system, going back to the black screen. OR More likely it just stays stuck on the glowing windows flag.
This also occurs if I press F8 and go into safe mode. After listing all the components before going into safe mode, it simply restarts itself and goes right back to the black screen of the two choices.
If I select Start up repair, a grey loading bar appears below that on occasion freezes. If I manually reset the computer try it again, I get to a blue windows default background screen and the message
"Startup Repair
Your computer was unable to start
Startup repair is checking your system for problems...
If problems are found, Startup Repair will fix them automatically. Your computer might restart several times during this process.
No changes will be made to your personal files or information. This might take several minutes.
Searching for problems.. (this is beneath a blue bar that has been going on for at least an hour)
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Answer:Windows 7 won't boot past possible broken Hard drive attempting to recover/clone/copy hard drive

It sounds to me as if your Operating System has been damaged beyond repair, and that you only option would be to re-install your system using the 'Return to Factory Settings' facility provided. Unfortunately, this would mean you would lose all you data, and, from what I can tell from your posting, you have not taken a back-up so you cannot repair your PC at present.
You first need to remove your heard drive and connect it to a working PC either as slave or in a caddy, and use this to copy all your data onto a new external device.
OR
Once connected to another device, you could partition your Hard drive and copy your data into a second partition.
Once you have your data copied, return the HHD to your own PC and re-install your system from scratch.

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pc running on windows xp professional wont boot after disk drive conversion from logical to primary using a partition program. Please help.
 

Answer:Solved: pc running on windows xp professional wont boot after disk drive conversion..

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I recently used my system image disk to restore on a new (larger) hard drive but now when I look at the hard drive from the computer view it shows my hard drive as being the same size as the old one instead of being the size of the new one. I'm not sure
I'm making much sense so I will post a picture...

Is there anyway to fix this? Does the drive really only have 286 gigs on it?

Answer:System Image disks installed on new hard drive show new hard drive same size as old one

You have to be logged in as Admin to perform these operations.
Go to Start, and in the Search box, type in DISK MANAGEMENT. Pick the Control Panel item "Create and format disk partitions." Once Disk Management comes up, right-click on the area of your disk and select "Extend volume..." Move it out
as far as you want, making the whole thing one drive.
If that doesn't work for you, then you can download Easeus Partition Manager Home
http://www.partition-tool.com/personal.htm  and create a boot CD from it that will accomplish the same thing (and more, if you want to read up on it). It's a free program and works
with 32- and 64-bit Windows. I like it and use it myself.

SC Tom

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I'm amateur pc user. Been trying fix problems all week. Changed power box due to over heating, used AVG & Superantispyware. Keeps asking to reboot and choose boot device, and several hints of mysterious behavior inside machine. Feels like something is eating it (paranoid spirituality). Anyone know what's going on. Please be gentle with me;Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 14:43:58, on 30/04/2010Platform: Windows Vista SP2 (WinNT 6.00.1906)MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18904)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\Program Files (x86)\IObit\Advanced SystemCare 3\AWC.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\ASUS\AASP\1.00.61\aaCenter.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\SUPERAntiSpyware\SUPERAntiSpyware.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Kontiki\KHost.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\IObit\Advanced SystemCare 3\Sup_SmartRAM.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\DT Utilities\DT Utilities PC Backup Pro\mgCtrl.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Java\Java Update\jusched.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\AVG\AVG9\avgtray.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Entriq\MediaSphere\EntriqMediaTray.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Entriq\MediaSphere\3.8.2.9\EntriqMediaServer.exeC:\Windows\Integrator.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exeR0 - HKCU\Software\Micr... Read more

Answer:Unknown problem,system restore&recycle bin&2nd hard drive vanished, 2nd hard drive

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Upon completing the steps below another staff member will review and take the steps necessary with you to get your machine back in working order clean and free of malware.If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.Use the 'Add Reply' and add the new log to this thread.Thanks and again sorry for the delay.We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine. Please perform the following scan:Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links. Save it to your desktop.DDS.scrDDS.pifDouble click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.A small box will open, with an explaination about the tool. No input is needed, the scan is running.Notepad will open with the results.Foll... Read more

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Hi, I bought my ThinkPad T400 (2767wc8) a little less than year ago and have been running it since with Windows 7. Everything worked fine until I decided to install a bigger hard drive. The old one was Seagate 250GB 5400.4, so I thought it would be safest bet to go with another Seagate and bought 500GB 5400.6. Installed Windows 7 64-bit on it and all the necessary drivers from Lenovo. Otherwise no errors or anything but now and then (many times a day) the computer just randomly reboots and gives 2100: hard drive initialization error when trying to boot and keeps repeating the error until I shut down the computer and start up again. Then it boots normally. I looked in event logger and found no error concerning the hard drive. I tried Lenovo's hard drive firmware update CD (newest version, http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?lndocid=MIGR-63685 ) but it said there's no need to update the firmware and would not do anything. My firmware is 0001SDM1 and the one on Lenovo's CD is 0008LVM1. BIOS is the newest version 3.09. Active Protection works fine. edit: I think installing the firmware would solve the problem, but I can't install it. Is there any way to force it?  

Answer:T400 random reboot + hard drive initialization error after changing hard drive

Hi Ziltoid,After seeing plenty of posts on this problem I would suggest returning the drive and getting a replacement for it.http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/X-Series-ThinkPad-Laptops/quot-Error-2100-Hard-drive-initialization-erro...http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/X-Series-Tablet-ThinkPad-Laptops/X-61-Type-7762-Tablet-HDD-Initializatio...http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&safe=off&client=safari&rls=en&q=+site:forums.lenovo.com+hard+drive+initialization+error&ei=mFgSS72gKYvQtAPTitXBAQ&sa=X&oi=forum_cluster&resnum=1&ct=more-results&ved=0CAwQrQIwAAHope it helps.





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hi im costac19, new to major geeks im trying to swap my 80gb sata hard drive for a 320gb samsung ide hard drive how do i do it? are the cables the same and how do i swap the data from one drive to the other. thank you to any one that can help a new member and a novice upgrader.
 

Answer:i wont to swap my 80gb sata hard drive for a samsung 320gb ide hard drive. i a

Hi

No the cables are not the same, SATA and IDE are very different.

So ground info is needed though....

What motherboard do you have, make and model?
If you dont know this info then Everest Free will help just tell us what is listed under Computer > Summary > Motherboard

or tell us if this PC is a OEM build as in HP, Sony, Dell etc again model and version number is needed.

These days most or majority of motherboards that employ SATA only have 1 at most IDE connections, so if your using 2 CD/DVD drives the connector capacity will be full.


If you do have a spare IDE connection, then my advice to you is to keep the SATA drive as the primary C: drive ( as they are faster in data transfer than IDE ) and use the ID drive as storage, so once the IDE drive is installed copy all your normal data/music/video/image etx files to the larger drive and just use the SATA for the OS and applications.
 

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My T410i hard drive died, I have Windows 7 Home Basic OA key, but how to install on new hard drive? I had to replace the hard drive, I realise from the help pages I should have written down the error messages before replacing... Either way I am unsure how to obtain the Windows 7 Home Basic software to re-install.I have the key, where should I go - the microsoft site says it came pre-installed so I need to contact the supplier - Lenovo, but on the product list T410i is too old and not listed. Thanks in advance for you time.CheersPaul

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To those in the forum I recently damaged my thinkpad edge laptop 15" after not long ago having to reload every program and everything onto it, it takes me sometimes a week to get things back to normal. It's damaged irrepairably but the hard drive is Ok. I've now bought a thinkpad G570. Can I simply replace the hard drive int he G570, with the pre-loaded harddrive from the THinkpad, and will it just load up and work? The solution that has been offered to me so far ist to buy the sata -usb cable, and attach the old hard drive to the new g570 and go through the one key recovery and transfer the whole system that way. Any ideas would be great. I'd prefer just to swap the new hard drive for the old.  

Answer:Replacing Ideapad Hard Drive with Pre-loaded Thinkpad Edge hard drive

Hi, RichardBarclay
 
Provided the hard drives are the same size and use the same connection, there is no reason that the new computer shouldn't recognize it. And provided the new hard drive is simply removed and not touched until you're sure the old hard drive works, then there shouldn't be any danger in trying. If, for some reason, the old hard drive doesn't work in the new computer, then I would recommend getting a SATA-USB cable to simply transfer the files. And you may want to do that anyway as it is, in my opinion, a useful device to have in case you ever want to transfer data between drives again.
 
Best of luck,
Adam
 
 
 





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Hey guys!

My Zune 80gb stopped working a while back. It wouldn't charge. So I thought I would take out the hard drive and use it as an external 80gb hard drive. So I bought an 1.8" ZIF encolsure for it and installed the hard drive into it.

All appears good with the installation. When I plug the hard drive into the PC the light on the hard drive enclosure comes on and stays on & the disk starts spinning. Then Windows Vista does the whole "Install new Hardware" thing and calls it a "Disk Drive" and a "USB Mass Storage Device" and says hardware is installed and ready for use.

But the problem is I can't seem to access the drive. I can't find it anywhere. It doesn't show up as a drive I can use or anything. I tried a third party partitioning prgram to try and find the disk so I could reformat it but it wouldn't it couldn't find it either. I even plugged the drive into my Mac thinking that Disk Utility might be able to recognize it and let me wipe it, but the Mac doesn't recognize it as anything.

Back in Vista, Using Device Manager, Vista notices the drive under the "Disk Drives" option as a "Disk Drive" and that it is elecronically signed by Microsoft (since it has the Zune firmware on it) but I can't do anything with it ... And this is the only place where I can see that the drive even exists. I can't reformat it or anything.

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Answer:Putting a Zune 80gb Hard Drive in an External Hard Drive Enclosure, help please!

anyone?
 

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I have a customer's Satellite L305D S5895 laptop. This was shipped to me by the customer who tried to install Windows XP Pro, Vista and none would install. He said he tried all installation CDs he had and finally gave up on it and shipped it to me.

When I got it the partition were deleted so I tried to install Win 7 and when I do doing a custom install I get an error saying the hard drive can't be formatted on disk 0 or it will give an error that no hard drives were found.

I reset the bios to default and no matter what I do it won't format or find the harddrive. I was going to upgrade the bios but the only way I found to upgrade the bios is after windows is installed. There is no way to make changes to the bios for settings that would have to do with the hard drive. This has a Toshiba MK2546GSX (S1) hard drive.

When installing Win 7 I get the normal windows, "windows is starting", "Select Language", "Select System", "Type of install", "Custom Install", "Delete partitions", "New Partitions", "Format", then the error message "Windows cannot format a partition on disk 0. Error: 0x80070057"

This happens regardless what system I try to install. I've tried two different versions of XP, one of Vista and 3 Win 7 and each time a different install CD.

System Specs
AMD Turion (TM) 64 x 2 Mobile CPU
CPU Speed 2.00 GHz
Toshiba MK2546GSX (S1) hard drive
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Answer:Solved: win 7 can't find hard drive or can't format hard drive on clean install

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Hey guys, I was working with my grandfathers computer. The computer would not boot, it kept getting the BSOD with "Unmountable Boot Volume" At the top. Annoyed, I decided I was going to just back up whatever files were on it (Just his favorites, he has absolutely no documents or anything else)..by plugging his HD into my home PC as a slave and copying them to my flashdrive. Then I would reinstall XP Home on his Desktop, and use the flashdrive to put back his files...Sounds easy enough right? NO!!!!.....Problem is, his user account on the computer (Ralph), was Password Protected so now when I try to access any of his files (using Windows 7) I get a message saying Access Is Denied. How do I get around this. It is not possible to boot his old computer to take off the password. Are his files recoverable?
Thanks for any help!

Answer:Recovering hard drive files from unbootable, password protected hard drive?

You don't have to do all that to overcome an unmountable boot volume error...try running chkdsk /r command on the drive.

Start/Run...type chkdsk X: /r (where X is the drive letter assigned by XP and with spaces between k and X: and X: and /) and then hit Enter.

Louis

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I have a sea gate 300 gig hard drive and I cannot get the space/size on it to change. I've re booted, taken it in and out and tried different computers but they all think that there is 138 gigs free of the 300. I have a folder of stuff that has said "24.3 gigs" via properties for about a week now though I can open and close the files, play videos in it, and have added about 15 gigs of stuff to the folder. About 3 months ago I created a partition and made most of the 300 gigs FAT32 so I can play it on my ps3. I've had no issues until now. Also, I have the exact same hard drive also in FAT32 and it suddenly will not show up and it appears to be doing the same thing. When I delete files from the folder, the image still shows as it being filled with that file (on my computer). Though moved files etc still work with no issues on my computer.

I have vista, if that makes a difference.
 

Answer:Hard drive space on portable hard drive won't change even when I add and remove gigs

Re: Hard drive space on portable hard drive won't change even when I add and remove g

Also, it won't show up on my usb dvd player as of last week. Though as I said, both come up fine on my computer.
 

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I have a Z60m, after 3 years an 2 months (it had 3 year warranty), had a blue screen  and could not recover. So I got a new hard drive from Lenovo. How do I transfer programs such as Inter video DVD, Disk copy and MS office which I have on old hard drive to new one ? I don't mind if I got all the settings the lap top came with 3 years ago, but I had added MS office (and now lost the purchase key code to download it again) Thank you.

Answer:Z60m - transfer intervideo DVD, diskcopy, MS office from old hard drive to new hard drive

maybe you could use something like Acronis True image.

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I had a thread earlier and forgot to ask a couple of questions.

I was told I could take a hard drive from a windows 98 computer and the person is buying a new Windows xp so I can hook up the win 98 hard drive as a slave to the new computer with win xp so I can drop and drag or cut and past files that they want off the 98 hard drive put on their new computer.

Now If their new computer with the win xp on it, if there is an ide cable going to the hard drive and nothing else then I can hook up the win 98 hard drive to the same ide cable as a slave and no problem.

However if the windows xp computer has the hard drive on the ide cable and also the cd-rom then is it ok just to hook up another ide cable to their mother board and hook the hard drive from the windows 98 computer on the end of that ide cable as the master? and by turning the computer off, and then hooking up the hard drive and then turning the computer back on it should reconize the windows 98 hard drive in my computer right away right?

If I would have to put the windows 98 hard drive in the new computer on a seperate ide cable is it ok to have it as master? cause the hard drive that is already in it would be master to but it would be on a different ide cable.

I am hoping the new computer just has the hard drive on an ide cable by itself so I can just hook the other one up as a slave and get the files and be done with it.

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Answer:Solved: windows xp hard drive with win98 hard drive-question if someone has time??

Yes - you understand it correctly
 

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The "Help Me decide" link says the following :  Boost your notebook's performance by up to 5x that of a standard 5400RPM drive alone.The Micro Solid State Drive (SSD) works in tandem with your PC's standard hard disk drive (HDD) to deliver both the storage capacity of a HDD and the snippy responsiveness of a solid state drive ? all at a cost significantly lower than standalone SSD notebook models. The 64GB Micro SSD occupies the notebook's PCIe Mini Card slot.  With a micro solid state drive, will my computer still boot faster than a regular plate drive?  What about compared to a SATA SSD?? Will the operating system be loaded on the Micro Solid State Drive when the system is delivered?  Edit : A Lenovo rep just told me the following : "With the Micro SSD drive your system will boot up a lot faster-very similar to having an SSD drive.   The OS however is not loaded on the drive however a lot of the loading files are which helps the system to boot up faster."  Now another Lenovo customer service rep is telling me something different.  Not surprising.  He says getting the SSD will not improve boot time.   Why do people make up answers?   Who is correct?  Why wouldn't they just install the OS on the SSD?  64GB should be enough.  





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Answer:M92Z : Micro hard drive option > 2.5" 64GB SSD mSATA Hard Drive

I got the M92z 23 inch AIO with Touchscreen recently (well i am using it right now). 
 
-> mSATA -> basically a SSD that fits into the mPCIe slot. 
 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/7782185634/  <-- this is the mSATA i took out of mine M92z AIO. 
 
Operating system won't be loaded onto the mSATA from the factory, but you can do it yourself using aftermarket Win 7 ISO. 
 
The reason why OS is not installed on the mSATA is due to space restriction, with the recovery partition and the OS + drivers installed it is already 40 gigs gone from the 60 gigs mSATA, which makes it useless as a main drive. 
 
Lenovo m92z uses the mSATA as a cache drive for the main hdd, it does boot faster if optimised properly. But it is never going to be as fast running the OS from the mSATA or from the SSD installed into the system. If you don't use the optical drive, i suggest you get an aftermarket ultrabay adapter (12.7 mm thick) and install a ssd into that slot, i am planning to do it. 
 
Alternatively, go and get a really big mSATA SSD like 128 gigs or 256 gigs mSATA, and install the OS on that. The 64 gigs mSATA shipped M92z is too small, unless you choose to install only the OS on the mSATA, and all the applications on the main hdd. 
 
The only reason i got my M92z with the 64 gigs Samsung mSATA was the fact that it was only a 10 dollars add on (a pricing error). 
 
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Hello,
I am trying to move all my files from my computer to my new external hard drive, but whenever I try and move a file over 4 GB in size i get this error message...
"The file is too large for the destination file system"... anyone know how I can get around this so I can move those files over?
 

Answer:Problem transfering large file from hard drive to external hard drive

Get ahold of some software that will break up the file into chunks.
 

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Hi,

I am in the process of doing a clean re-install of Windows XP for Home on my PC. I have 3 hard drives:

c: 200gb Maxtor SATA drive - bootable with Windows XP (existing Windows install)
d: 20gb Maxtor IDE drive - non bootable data drive
g: 160gb Maxtor IDE drive - bootable with the clean install of Windows XP for home on it

Windows is not seeing all the sizes quite right yet but I will tackle that when I have solved this major problem that follows:

If I boot from the C drive - I have no problems at all. Windows will see all the different drives as it should do, I can access them all and they all work fine.

When I come to boot the clean install on drive G windows changes the drive letters - G becomes C, D remains as D but the 200gb Maxtor SATA drive isn't seen at all and might as well not exist.

Disk Management within Windows is no help as it can't see the drive, Maxtor software MaxBlast 4 is also no help as it can't see the drive on this install either.

I have checked and rechecked the BIOS but have pretty much discounted any issues here as it clearly shows all 3 drives and all 3 drives are listed on boot up. It's just when Windows kicks in that I have the problem.

I guess it's a simple setting somewhere, but I am pulling out what little hair I have left trying to think what it is - so any ideas would be very gratefully received.

Thanks in advance and kind regards

Stuart
 

Answer:Hard Drive Bootup Problems, Help required - Windows not seeing new hard drive Options

Hi
This is what I would do to enhance performance and storage strategy:

1. Use the 20g for the os and housekeeping utes such as av, spyware, etc only, nothing else goes on that drive.
2. Use the 160g for apps installs.
3. Use the 200g for data.

This might get you past the bios/firmware/os/drive letter issue and make better use of the drives. The 20 isn't really good for storage anymore, but would be great for an os/system ute drive. It's performance is less than the other drives, but that's ok, most of the os will stay in ram anyway after boot, you won't make any real diff having a faster os drive.
You might want to place a pagefile on each drive so pageing can occur concurrently too.
 

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Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 (build 2600)
2.20 gigahertz Intel Pentium Dual
64 kilobyte primary memory cache
1024 kilobyte secondary memory cache
WDC WD1200BB-00FTA0 [Hard drive] (120.03 GB) -- drive 0, s/n WD-WMAET2099978, rev 15.05R15, SMART Status: Healthy


Hard drive #1:
Just a few weeks ago my hard drive started clicking and suddenly my system froze. The drive wasn't dropped, bumped, or anything like that. It was fairly new as well. I was having some issues accessing my files AND I couldn't access the internet through any browsers. I was connected, could play internet-using games, but got no reply from websites. I decided to reformat. Well, that didn't go so well. Reformatting did not fix the freezing issue nor did it fix the internet issue. I attempted to reformat the partition on C but it simply wouldn't let me.

Hard drive #2:
I pulled out a newish hard drive and formatted it, installed my applications and continued on my way. Everything was working great, until a day later when the hard drive AGAIN froze in the middle of a session and this time I couldn't even boot. I was getting a boot error that mentioned not receiving a boot file name. I went into the windows repair console and did a chkdsk which turned up a few errors (and attempted to recover them I assume). I could now boot, but random freezing would still take place now and then and EVERY DAY I have to access the repair console due to boot errors. Almost every other attempt to boot resul... Read more

Answer:Multiple hard drive boot errors, hard drive clicking, and freezing

Try installing another operating system onto the disk and seeing if that crashes as well. If it doesn't you probably have a bad Windows cd. I suggest trying Kubuntu, a version of Linux meant to look somewhat like Windows (You can click here to skip directly to the download page). Just remember to actually install the thing. Most Linux operating systems can be ran directly from the cd without any need to be installed onto a hard disk. There's usually a program on the desktop that will install the system for you. If it runs properly for a week or two, get a new Windows disk. If it crashes just as much as Windows did, get a new computer.

Also, how much RAM does your computer have? If it's very low (256-512 megs or less) it can sometimes cause these kinds of crashes too.

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Hi,
I REALLY hope someone out there can help me with this!

I have a failed hard drive/ stuffed partion, and i DESPERATELY need the data from it!

A computer was brought into me with two hard drives. The owner asked me to set up a duel boot with vista and XP on the first hard drive, and to leave the second hard drive alone (its his backup drive with all his photos, movies etc) I was working away as per usual, when i noticed the second hard drive was no longer coming up in Windows Explorer. Well it was, but not correctly. whenever i clicked on it it said 'would you liket to format the drive?' obviously, i didnt want to do that.

I ran Partition Magic 8.0 which showed the drive was only 8Gigs (it should have been 1T or 1000Gigs) Partition Magic also said there was a problem with the drive and offered to fix it. I agreed, however there was no change.

I've run a number of programs to try and fix the drive:
Acronis Disk Director Server 10.0
Partition Table Doctor 3.5 Demo
Dtidata Partition Repair Tool
MHDD
Recover My Files v3.98
FileScavenger.

However, all the partition repairers claim that the drive is only 8 Gigs, and they can go no further. All the File Recovery Programs will only scan for 8 Gigs, and thus, i can not recover my clients precious photos and videos.

The BIOS comes up as recognizing the drive as 33Gigs?

I really REALLY need the data from this drive! Does anyone know how to fix my problem?

Thanx heaps in advance,

Ben
 

Answer:Solved: Hard Drive/ Partition Problems! My 1T Hard Drive appears as 8Gigs?!

I've used ZAR to recover files from a RAID box that seemed to have been corrupted due to a bad power supply.

You might check it out. It's free. Meaning it will only allow you to recover so many files at a time. I bought it, and like it.

They have a forum that is monitored quite often, from the developer too.

Good luck.

http://www.z-a-recovery.com/
 

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I see it can be done from an installed to an external, but can it be done in reverse, taking the external cased hard drive and cloning it to an internal? The old hard drive is from an xp laptop, and I can aquire another xp laptop if I can clone this way. Perhaps if I set the enclosure hard drive as master? All ideas are greatly appreciated. Many thanks
 

Answer:Clone a laptop hard drive from an external case to an internal hard drive

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I backed it up using thinkpad rescue & recovery, then copied the backup to the hard drive, again using rescue and recovery. Is it normal that backing up my hard drive to an external USB wiped it?  i imagine it reformatted it.   A few questions: Can i use the hard drive for other files now? or will they be re-wiped with a scheduled backup?are there built-in tools to recover? (any recommendations?)can i put the backup in a directory off the root folder?  it is all a mess straight off the drive. any other advice appreciated. Thanks!

Answer:X200s - Backup to USB hard drive wiped the hard drive. help needed, a few questions

When you back up to a USB hard drive for the 1st time the disk will be prepared to make it bootable and it will delete other files that are on it. You should be able to recover your files using application like the one at http://www.recovermyfiles.com/, I used that one in the past and it worked a treat. If you want to back up to a USB hard I would not suggest you add other files on that drive manually but use it only for the thinkvantage backup.

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I have two laptops, a ThinkPad T30 and a Latitude C840 (they are both working with XP SP2, except the T30 doesn't have a screen). I'd like to move the T30's drive into the C840, but when I do this, the C840 will hang right after the BIOS screen (incl. the XP CD's Press a key to boot off the CD if I tell it to boot from the disc drive first).

My first thought was to try Recovery Console from the XP CD. I can log into the install, and I've already tried fixmbring and fixbooting it. This doesn't help.

This leaves the option of the drivers not being right. I installed the C840 chipset drivers, nothing.

I'd really rather not go on a wild goose chase trying to figure out what'll get things up and running, so can you guys gimme a suggestion?

Thanks!
Ethan
 

Answer:Moved hard drive and cannot boot; hard drive accessable from Recovery Console

You can't simple move one drive from one machine to another because the drivers are specific to the hardware. Did you receive recovery CDs for the Latitude? If so, you could use them to "restore" it to its factory default with the new drive. This may actually be on a partition of the hard drive.
As an alternative, you could create an image of the original drive and restore it to the new one using some freeware such as DriveImage XML. To restore the image to the new drive, you'll need to boot to a bootable CD using something like UBCD4WIN and restore the image from somewhere on your network.
 

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I need an external hard drive for taking regular backups of all of my data.
When i searched the internet I got two options:
1. Porable HDD [high cost, slower speed but don't need external power]
2. Desktop HDD [low cost, higher speed but need external power]

I want to know that...
1. Which hard disk's live longer? Porable or Desktop.
2. I heared that pulling off USB cable of Portable HDD may cause data lose because it also supplies power to hdd.
What will happpen if Power goes off from Desktop HDD? Will my data/Hard disk remain protected?
3. Level of safety of data on moving or shaking on both Desktop and Portable HDD.
4. Can we install os and boot from portable and desktop external hdd?
 

Answer:Need Advice : External Desktop Hard drive vs Portable Hard drive?

Unless you really need to go portable with a Laptop .. I'd not use a USB powered External.
You cannot boot from a USB External .. But there's another option if you're capable of physically changing HDDs ..

Get a good external Enclosure (with a fan for cooling) .. Install a good HDD ... with a 5 year warranty
and make the HDD in the enclosure a bootable backup .. where you could swap HDDs if/when needed ..
 

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I have a T61p and purchased a hard drive adapter (pn: 40Y8725) and a 320 GB 5400 rpm hard drive (pn: 43N3403).  After ejecting the CD burner and inserting the adapter with new hard drive the system did say it was ready for use.  Problem is that is does NOT show up on the "My Computer" so I don't know how to access it.  I purchased the devices to back up the computer easily. How do I get it to register (if that is the correct term) on the My Computer so I can use it?  I am using MS Windows XP Professional.













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Answer:T61p Thinkpad Hard drive adapter and Hard drive set up question

do you see it in the bios???

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Hi, recently my lenovo T61's video card fizzled out right after the warranty expired. I have information on the laptop's hard drive that i need to get off of it. I have a hard drive enclosure for my old hp laptop's hard drive but the two drive have different connectors. I was hoping someone could point me in the right direction to find a lenovo T61 hard drive compatible external hard drive enclosure. The hard drive is a 100 GB 7200 RPM driveModel: HTS722010K9SA00HDD: 7K200-100LENOVO P/N: 42T1056HITACHI P/N: 0A53257MLC: DA2141

Answer:Need help finding correct external hard drive enclosure for a T61 hard drive

There is a lot to choose from. Any USB SATA external hard drive enclosure should work. Since i don't live in the US i don't know where the best place to buy such a enclosure would be in your case. If you cannot find any maybe someone else that live in the US could help you out.
 
-gan

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my hard drive crash and i just bought a new hard drive. but i dont have a windows cd only product key on my desktop case.how can I install windows on my new hard drive?

Answer:hard drive crash... install windows on new hard drive withou...

Galilee Hello;Allow me to welcome you to the HP forums!I read your post about wanting to restore your PC and wanted to help -- but need more information. Your PC did not come with Win10 preinstalled, so if you were to order HP Recovery Media and use that, it would restore the original operating system, drivers, and HP utilities.  I presume this is NOT what you want, right? So, while you can make Win10 media to recover your PC, it would be a clean-install and nothing would be preserved. You can make such media using this tool: Installing Windows 10 using the media creation tool - Windows Help Note that when you go do download and build install media, the tool defaults to matching what is already installed on your PC (as in, Home for Home, 64-bit for 64-bit).  While you CAN change these settings, do NOT. If you do, the resulting media will be different and will force you to enter a NEW product code! Good Luck 

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my macbook pro is currently our of commission due to a mishap with a cup of water. the person i spoke to on the phone at the apple store said to have the hard drive transferred to an external one in case they need to reformat it. is this even possible if my laptop won't turn on?

Answer:transfer data from laptop hard drive to external hard drive

Depends on the type of water damage has been done.
If your laptop has been a small puddle of water for a little bit of time, yes it will mess up your hdd's connectors and possibly damage it.
If the water spill was like a splash on the keyboard and quickly cleaned up, you have a good chance of the hdd working.
Just depends on what got damaged badly enough for something not to turn on for quite awhile.

Also get rid of that macbooks battery, I have a bad feeling it might not work with your macbook anymore.

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In windows 7 my external hard drive does not show as a back up location.  When I go to system image, the box for what items I want to back up also has the ext drive checked. I do not want to back up the external hard drive but it will not uncheck.,
(faded lettering) I believe this is why I cannot back up my computer to it.  How do I get the back up from including the external hard drive? <input id="39f7f89d-082d-4e34-8bd3-a03da4f8d21c_attachments" type="hidden" value=""
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I am using a Gateway E4000, with a WD IDE harddrive partitioned into 2 partitions, OEM XP Pro Sp3, 1.5 gig memory, 2.5 ghz CPU.  I want to put this existing harddrive into a Dell Dimension 8400. It has a SATA Harddrive, OEM (?) XP Media Sp3. 4 gig memory, 3 ghz CPU.  I have no drivers BUT I do have the Dell Bios on a CD.My questions are:1. Since I am moving to the Dell will there still be a BIOS that I can set the IDE drive as the boot drive?  If not how can I use the BIOS that I have on the CD?2. I have no drivers, so will XP boot using generic drivers until I can download from Dell?3. Since my IDE Drive has an OEM version of XP (and a different flavor of XP) will it need to be reactivated, and infact will MS activate XP anymore?4. If MS no longer activates can I download software that will retrieve my old act # and use that?5. What other problems am I looking at and any solutions for those problems?

Answer:How to swap a IDE hard drive from a Gateway to a Dell the has a SATA hard drive

You cannot legally use an OEM installation of Windows on a different machine; the license is tied to the hardware. Also if you take a hard drive with Windows installed on it, out of one PC and put it into another PC, and set it to be the boot drive, it most likely won't work properly. If it works at all. You will need to install a properly licensed version of Windows of your choice on the Dell, if there isn't one already.

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I did this on a Compaq Presario c500 and now i have no audio coming over my laptop. HELP!
 

Answer:Windows Vista Hard Drive replaced with XP Hard Drive. No audio.

You need to install the proper drivers for your hardware. All of the drivers you need are right here.
 

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hi .
i have a Compaq nx 7400 .
i was hahving a lot of problems with the computer so i decided to put a new hard drive in and reinstall XP .
well i have the new hard drive in and started up the machine and changed the bott options to run from the dvd and all went fine until i should press the ENTER ( return ) button to install XP now . as soon as i did that the next window said no hard drive found . this was also happening on the old hard drive that was in the machine .

im stuck and i dont know what else to try . anyone had this problem before .?

Thanks for any help .
very strange .
Timo
 

Answer:Solved: new hard drive xp , new install, doesnt find hard drive

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I bought a esata-sata cable and tried to connect a esata external hard drive througn a sata 2nd hard drive caddy. The result is that my T42 can not detect the external hard drive. The caddy, cable, and the external hard drive are all functional with other setups. As I know, the signal of esata and sata are the same. It should be just passing through. I don't understand why it fails. I observed that both the leds on the caddy and above the caddy are lighting when I boots T42. However, both leds dims after that. Any suggestion?PS. I know using a pcmcia will be easier. However, several reviews confirmed that the writing speed is limited to 30 MB/s through pcmcia. The writing speed on the caddy is at least 55 MB/s when I tested it with a 2.5 in hard drive.

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Hello guyz,
pliz help me with the steps involved in upgrading or replacing an MFM hard drive with IDE-class hard drive
 

Answer:STEPS TO UPGRADE/REPLACE an MFM hard drive with an IDE-class hard drive

Hi kfkaggwa, and welcome to TSG.

Any chance the motherboard has and IDE controller built in? If not, what kind of expansion card options does it have?
 

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Like a bafoon, I think I may have tapped or banged on my mouse pad too hard on the laptop and damaged the hard drive. Laptop comes on, and you see the "Lenovo" trademark flash real quick like normal, but instead of going to my baground with the "sign in" slot with password, it just stays black. You can see the screen is lit up but it just stays black, but will not start up (Windows). My recovery button won't even work and I can't retrieve files and just want to start over with new hard drive. So, when installing new hard drive with nothing on it or empty hard drive (no windows, no files, no operating system, a hard drive fresh out of the box) what operating system DVD's do I need to get computer up and running again? This was a Lenovo N586 Windows 7, 64 bit laptop, scratch and dent buy, so I did not get the operating system DVD's when it came from Lenovo.

Answer:Installing new hard drive, Need to know how to install opetating sytem, Old drive hard gone.

Read this link (http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/IdeaPad-Y-U-V-Z-and-P-series/windows-8-installation-disk/m-p/1827302#M14... about the media creation tool.

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envy m7-j010dx hard drive died. i installed new hard drive and it suddenly went into some kind of failure & windows 10 keeps trying to boot then goes into automatic repair and fails and the cycle starts over.

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I have a dell dimension 8200 windows xp home edition sp3. One of my hard drives has the fbi virus. I cant boot from a usb on it but the computer can have two hard drives plugged in at once. Could i plug the dirty hard drive in and scan and remove the virus from the clean one?.

Answer:Scanning dirty hard drive from clean hard drive in same computer

Hello, and Welcome
 
Detach the drive without the FBI virus. On another computer download Kaspersky Rescue Disk. Burn the iso to a CD. On a Windows 7 computer simply right click the iso and select Burn Disk Image. Connect the computer with the FBI virus via a Ethernet cable so Kaspersky can update it's definitions. Boot the disk and then open the terminal and type windowsunlocker (all lower case) shown in this guide. Then run the antivirus on the Kaspersky disk
 
http://media.kaspersky.com/downloads/consumer/kasp10.0_rescuedisk_en.pdf

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envy m7-j010dx hard drive died. i installed new hard drive and it suddenly went into some kind of failure & windows 10 keeps trying to boot then goes into automatic repair and fails and the cycle starts over.

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Hello, I just got a new Dell Dimension E521 with Vista as the operating system. Vista Stinks! For most programs, including video and audio from XP Service Pack 2 Vista doesn't recognize drivers that were fine with XP Service Pack 2.
Even Sonic and Roxio, which are installed on the damn thing give these same problems.

My internet connection is also no better at all and was outright disabled with a message "something has caused Microsoft Internet to stop working" after I tried
to install basic version of Zone Alarm.
Then on reboot it says "unauthorized change made to your license, you must verify your software online". This message come up before the desktop appears and this screen is frozen whether you choose the "verify" or "cancel" option.

Couldn't shut down by any means either, including Control Alt Delete, it wouldn't bring up that window. Had to literally pull the plug and reboot into Safe Mode where I uninstalled Zone Alarm and a couple of other functions that worked perfectly in XP2.

Then I was able to re-boot normally, the message did not come up again.

I hate Vista. Not interested in any "fixes", not worth the trouble. The only fix for Vista is a sledgehammer to the drive!

My hope is this: can I get the hard drive removed and replace it with a clean hard drive that has XP sp2 on it, or am I stuck with this P.O.S. Operating System?

The computer in question is a brand new Dell Dimension E521, 2.0 GH... Read more

Answer:Solved: Can Dell hard drive with Vista be replaced with Hard Drive XP?

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Hey Everyone,

I just got a Maxtor 120GB Hard drive, and I currently have a 30GB Maxtor in my computer at the moment. I know a lot about computers, but hard drive images are one of the few things I have little experience with.

I would like to keep my operating system, XP Home, and all of its programs, files, settings, etc all together. Basically, the currect exact state it is right now as if I'm on my 30GB. I've seen my school use images to put the same image on like 20 computers.

Trust me, I'v had to re-load program after program on my dads computer and I'm already sick of doing it, so I want to avoid that lol.

I'm pretty sure there is a way do to this, and if so, can you tell me how, or give me a link to something I can read so I can pull this off. Don't want to put a fresh install of XP and reload everything and re install programs and all that stuff.

Thanks!
David Waters

Answer:Move 30GB Hard Drive Data To New 120GB Hard Drive

Can I do this without CD's, because 15GB of data wont fit on a Cd...I wonder if there is a way I can like just move it over to the other drive or something. pls help.

Thanks!
David

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I am having a serious problem with my pc.Windows disk is showing me these following errorsBoot sector of the hard drive disk is damagedBad sectors on hard drive or damaged file allocation tableRead time of hard drive clusters less the 500 msHard drive doesnt respond to system commands40% of hdd space is unreadableWhat does this mean and can I fix itI cannot access my documents folder or other programs Any Help would be greatI tried the defrag thing but it didnt workEdit: Moved topic from XP to the more appropriate forum, at the recommendation of forum staff. ~ Animal

Answer:Critical Error Hard Drive not found. Missing hard Drive

When you say "Windows disk". Can you give a little better description of just what\where the warning message is coming from?

You "tried the defrag thing but it did`t work".

Where did you go to access the defrag? What does "it did`t work" mean?

The reason I am asking these questions is not to give you a hard time. There is a virus going around that is very similar in it`s behavior.

I am just trying to find out exactly what it is we are dealing with.

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In summary:  

At the boot screen,
Port 0 (Drive D) is one Size, but then when windows opens fully and it is a
                    DIFFERENT SIZE
Boot screen is entirely different to the Disk Management Screen (And Windows Explorer screen)
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In detail :


'Disk Management picture' - text version :
        Disk 0 - Drive (D)     223.57 GB    (same size as Port 4 - my
1st Priority Boot device - SSD in boot screen )
        Disk 0 -
        Disk 1 -    3 partitions    -->    Acer C   84GB free



'Boot Screen picture' - text version :

RAID Volumes
ID     Name             Level                          
Strip      Size             Status                    Bootable
0       Volume 0  &n... Read more

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Hi guys, my Lenovo G460 is damaged and no longer launches Windows 7 (64 bit). I recovered all the data, but need to find a recovery DVD if I want to fix the issue and start using the laptop again. Does anyone know where I can find a recovery DVD for this model? Thanks you

Answer:Lenovo G460 - Hard Drive Issue (Hard Drive Recovery DVD)

 
Are you sure it's the OS and not the hard drive?  You might want to run a linux live cd and run a hard drive diagnostic tool on the hard drive.
 
If the hard drive checks out ok, you can make a call to service and get a set of restore discs.
 
Dave

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I want to use this(http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/product-and-parts/detail.page?&DocID=PD022803) to replace the dvd drive.Then can I set up a raid0 of 3 hard drives on W700?Thanks

Answer:Can I set up a raid0 of 3 hard drives on W700 by replacing the dvd drive with a third hard drive?

that is not possible.

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hi all,
i hope someone can help me out, i am a newbie to all this so bare with me.
my hard drive failed over a month ago but i managed to do a system image with win7 to my new 2tb internal hard drive. i cannot get the image recovery to work as i says "no image can be found on hard disk". i am at a loss from there. I have tried and cried over this as its driving me mad as i have no pc.

Leroy

Answer:hard drive failed, system image not found on hard drive

just to add really that the system image is on my new hard drive (2tb internal). i use the boot dvd and i get a far as "repair my computer" click on it, sometimes i get message saying not compatable with this version of windows other times it lets me on to next bit, then says no image can be found on hard drive. if i go through the load drivers i can see my hard drive with items on it. ie windowsbackup and others. again i am at a loss with this, any help would be greatful.

Leroy

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I just installed a brand new Western Digital Hard Drive 160 gig. I partitioned it with FDISK, then formated, then did a clean install of windows XP. Everything was fine until after i finished the installation, and i tried to connect my old maxtor 20 gig so i could transfer some files over, and the computer stopped reading both hard drives. When i start it up, the computer can't boot from either drive. I've tried disconnecting each of the drives and only booting with one connected, with no luck. I also tried changing the gray strip, I can't remember what its official name is, but that didnt help either. When I go into BIOS and let it auto detect my drives, It wont recognize either of the drives.
 

Answer:New hard drive installed sucessfully, now my computer cant find any hard drive

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I recently formatted my c drive and now i am reinstalling all the software. I keep all the setups of software in my external hard drive. For installing the software I coy the setup folder of the required software on my laptop, then install it.

Is straightaway installing the software by accessing the external hard drive okay? Does it make any difference in the installation time or any reduction in life of hard disk performance.

Or should I always install through my laptop hard drive?

I am running windows 8.1 pro

Answer:installation software from external hard drive or internal hard drive

Your method is as good as any. If it works, keep doing it.

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Hello everyone, my working laptop is a T 400 running on Win XP. I would like to run a Windows 7 installation on a physical hard drive which won't be possible with my employer in the near future.My idea is now to have a second HD in the Serial Hard Drive Bay Adapter III (let's say theThinkPad 320GB 7200 rpm Serial ATA Hard Drive) on which I would install Win 7. I would then configure the bay adapter to be the primary HD to boot from. I would reconfigure the system to use the internal HD everytime I need Win XP together with my other company stuff.I don't want to install Win 7 just in another partition as I don't want to risk anything happening to the XP machine ;-) Is the above described scenario valid or do I have to take anything else into consideration? Thanks in advance!Sascha













Solved!

Go to Solution.

Answer:ThinkPad Serial Hard Drive Bay Adapter III as primary hard drive?

yes you can boot from the ultrabay hdd adapater





----------------------------T400s - 2815RW1 + Win7 Ultimate Don't pm me for help! That's what the forum is for. Also, Google's nicer than me. Ask him.

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Had this laptop for about 6 years, had a few issues in the past, but nothing major like this. After, I ran a system dianostic, the result shown that the Hard drive short DST failed. Not totally sure how to do a recovery, I do have the Recovery Discs, so I searched up how to run the discs; turned on the system- press f11-  window loading files- window starting- then it just stuck on a window blue screen with nothing but the cursor. Can I even use the Recovery Discs? I want to replace the old HDD with a new SSD, but I'm not sure if I have to install a new OS or can I recover the old hard drive OS and transfer to the SSD?

Answer:Hard Drive failure (Hard Drive Short DST Check: Failed)

DST:Fail means  the hard drive has failed and will need to be replaced. If you are still in warranty HP will send a replacement. If not a retail laptop SATA hard drive can be used. Just be sure to get one of at least equal capacity as the original in order to use Recovery Discs. It can be larger, but not smaller capacity.For instance if you have a 500GB hdd you could use a 750GB hdd but not a 320GB hdd.

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My hard drive started making funny clicking noises and the pc pitstop checkup gave me a response time of 77ms and a warning that it could expire shortly. So i bought a new 80 gb hard drive, installed it, partitioned it no problem, but i now want to swap all the data from my old hard drive to my new one (os and all), and then junk the old drive.
How can i do this without spending money on software that i will probably only use once or twice.
Any advice would be appreciated.

Thanks

the pipster
 

Answer:How can i copy my failing 8gb hard drive to my new 80gb hard drive?

For free:

XXClone
HDClone (free edition only smaller to larger)
DriveClonerXP
PCI CloneMaxx
 

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I have an internal hard disk not in use ,and I would like to make it as external disk !
I looked on the net and I found I should have the " encelsure " butt I think I wont find it here in my city .
So is there another way ? like usb -esata cable ?

Answer:how to make your internal hard drive into and external hard drive ?

Firstly, where are you based (Which country)? I would get the part of the internet, I trust we are talking about a 3.5" drive? Do you have an esata port on your pc? I would get something similar to this, I think: Play.com - Buy CiT 35M17SEF 3.5 inch SATA / USB / Firewire / eSATA External Hard Drive Enclosure online at Play.com and read reviews. Free delivery to UK and Europe!

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Hi, for nearly a year now I've been using a Buffalo 500GB external hard drive.
Just yesterday though, after unplugging it from my PC, using it on another Windows 7 machine and then attempting to reconnect it the my PC, it began to show up on My Computer as a Local Disk rather than an external. In addition, when I try to access it, it gives me this message: E:\ is not accessible. The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable. My question is, is there any way to return the drive to it's original state or recover the data inside? The data is of extreme importance.
Thanks for any help.
 

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I am trying to move my files from the hard drive I removed from my old computer to the external hard drive. I want to be able to view the files before moving. Thanks
 

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This is a little different i guess but i got my laptop back from dell today all repaired from a fried motherboard. The problem i am experiencing is i removed my hard drive b4 i shipped it and after i reinstalled it, it works fine and loads and operates HOWEVER the HD Light next to the power, battery and wifi lights doesn't light up at all. and when i boot up the machine after the bios run and it does its POST before the OS loads, RAID kicks in detecting my hard drive then runs off it.

any idea how to get the light back on and for my hard drive to be detected properly???

My laptop is a Dell Inspiron 1721 has an AMD Athlon X2 64 bit processor, 3 gigs of ram, vista home premium
 

Answer:hard drive light stays off while hard drive runs

K, update on the situation. for a while the light on the hard drive came back on and worked normally, however when i got up this morning, the light wasn't flashing blinking or running. My SATA hard drive still operates boots up and runs, but it doesn't trigger the led light on it. any thoughts on this i could really use some insight
 

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My 500gb backup hard drive is showing only 25gb left. My main 650gb hard drive shows only 150gb used. How is this discrepency possible? Also when I examine the I drive can only get it to add up to less than 200gb, the largest file being an computer image file.

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Hi, I was wondering if it was possible to clone a SATA hard drive with Windows XP to a USB hard drive, and rather or not if Windows XP would work well on the USB hard drive after it was cloned from the SATA hard drive. The USB hard drive would be the only hard drive used after the SATA hard drive with Windows XP was cloned to the USB hard drive.
 

Answer:cloning SATA hard drive with Windows XP to USB hard drive

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I purchased the Thinkpad Serial ATA Hard Drive Bay Adapter II P/N 43R1980 as one step to have a Raid configuration for my W500 with Windows XP.  My question is, will any serial ATA hard drive fit the adapter? Lest you think the answer is obviously yes, my former computer was a Toshiba Portege. Toshiba's hard bay adapter required a special fitting for the hard drive, presumability so one would have to buy the hard drive from Toshiba rather than a third-party vendor. Clever - a ten-cent part increased the cost of the hard drive by several hundred dollars. From the Thinkpad manual the adapter appears to have a standard fitting, but I would like conformation. Many thanks for an information. Rick

Answer:Hard Drive for the Thinkpad Serial ATA Hard Drive Bay Adapter II

I have exactly that Media Bay Adaptor II for my W700. I purchased a 2.3 inch Seagate 320 7200 RPM for this adaptor. While it fits and works, with out the special attachments that apparently come from Lenovo with the drives yo9u purchase from them, it is slightly loose both vertically and laterally. I have been looking for the p/n for this skinny adaptor shims/rails, but have been unsuccessful. So I have just taken two rubber bands one for each side to limit the vertical fit and it did the same for the lateral. The drive is pretty snug in the adaptor.One of this forum's moderators, AndyP, has been very helpful on this issue. He has used the significantly cheaper HDD from other vendors with out having the Lenovo HDD special pieces and he said he has not added anything to minimize vertical or lateral motion possibility.Jim

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Having a real issue here. Annoying really. I cannot seem to get this T30 to see the hard drive during a windows installation. Is there a driver or driver set I need to have on the hard drive before it will install? I have a machine with a wiped drive, and have no OEM disks. I am using a full retail XP Pro. SP2. Do I need to slipstream drivers for this to work? HELPPPPPP!! Thank you community  I'm an idiot. Solved the problem. Sorry for cluttering the board.Message Edited by dehnger2u on 08-23-2008 07:18 AM

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If I remove the primary hard drive and replace it with a new one, install the old one in an enclosure to make it portable, can I then transfer files from the portable to the new hard drive installed in the computer?

Answer:Removing primary hard drive and using it as a portable hard drive.

If its an IDE drive you can, thought I would then set the jumper to cable select.

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I received a message that my orginial hard drive will soon be having "iminent" failure. After imaging the orignial hard drive, I have been trying to reimage the new hard drive but I get an error message saying "This image is for EMI and not BIOS", or something to that affect. I have looked in the BIOS and  there is no switch between EFI and BIOS. I've tried the Windows Backup and also Macrium Backup software and neither one are working. It did successfully back up with Macrium but it boots up to a black screen. I've also tried reinstalling Windows 7 and getting all the software and drivers from there and seeing if the Restore would work but the issue I am facing is when I try to Restart, it turns off but I have to push the Shut Down button on the laptop or else it stays on what it looks like Sleep Mode. My plan was to reisntall all the default drivers and software, including OneKey, but it doesn't boot up to Recovery Mode, it refuses to Restart on it's own. My question is - Has anyone remimaged to a new hard drive with any success?

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Hey guys,

I have a HP Touchsmart IQ500. Turning my computer PC on today, all I got was a blue HP invent screen with setup, boot menu, system recovery, and system diagnosis, and I could not get past it.

I entered the BIOS and figured out that the hard drive was listed as "not installed." Pretty sure that is the main problem.

I tried a system restore (with the Windows 7 install disc), but I guess the computer couldn't read the hard drive enough to enter safe mode (I tried restarting and F8ing several times).

I put in an external hard drive, and the BIOS read it; however, windows does not allow you to partition an OS on a hard drive.

I am all out of ideas; I'm currently taking apart the computer (touchsmarts are hard to pry open), but I have no clue about computers so I'm hoping one of you guys can help.

Thanks in advance!

Answer:Computer Not Booting Hard Drive/Unresponsive Hard Drive

It should be under warranty...probably too late but taking it apart will most likely void the warranty.....sounds like a dead hard drive/loose cable

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Hello --

I have installed Win7 Virtual PC and Windows XP mode. The resulting default virtual hard drive is a differencing drive set up on the host (parent) drive C:.

The help file states, "Important - We recommend that you write-protect or lock the parent disk before using the differencing disk. Otherwise, if the parent disk is modified by some other process, any differencing disk related to it becomes invalid, and all data written to the differencing disk is lost."

What modifications to the parent disk does this refer to? For example, should I be concerned about
- Installing new software?
- Defragmenting?
- Changing the partition size?
- What other modifications?

Thanks.
 

Answer:Virtual PC hard drive (lock parent hard drive)

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I had to uninstall Acronis True Image 2013 which seemed to be the issue with my Windows 10 64bit PC having many BSODs. Un-installing Acronis True Image 2013 meant that I lost the use of Acronis Extended Capacity Manager to make use of all of my Western Digital Black 4 TB hard drive. I lost my H drive with a lot of data there. Right now it shows up as almost 1700 GB of Unallocated space. I downloaded and installed Acronis True Image 2017 thinking that there would be a similar compatible Acronis Extended Capacity Manager, but there was not, nor a program like it from WD. I see in Computer Management/Storage/Disk Management and then under Action there is Create VHD and Attach VHD. Is either Create VHD or Attach VHD or both the answer to recreate my virtual disk that Acronis True Image 2013 Extended Capacity Manager gave me? I need a method that will not cause me to lose that saved data. I have found using Google a Seagate version of an Extended Capacity Manager. Will a Seagate version of an Extended Capacity Manager work on a WD hard drive? (No, it does not, I tried it and I got another BSOD) If there is a tutorial on this in this forum, then please point me towards that tutorial. I have looked but I have not found one. Thank You

Answer:Cannot view area/data of hard drive above 2 TB of 4 TB hard drive

You will need to convert your HDD to GPT from MBR. This cannot be done in Disk Management without deleting all partitions first. So unless there are third-party solutions you will have to re-install Windows 10 or restore from a back-up after the conversion.

MBR disks can only be a maximum of 2.2TB, GPT disks do not have this limitation. There might be a problem with using a GPT disk as your boot drive as GPT disks cannot be used with BIOS, only UEFI. If you are still using BIOS then a smaller disk (<2.2TB) could be used as the boot disk.

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BIOS: AMD 0401, 5/15/209 v 02.58

I have an IDE hard drive that slides in and out of the computer to connect / disconnect from the IDE cable.

When I had two internal hard drives it booted up using the correct C:\ regardless of whether the removeable hard drive was in or out.

I have now installed a third internal hard drive that contains the C:\ that it should boot from. One of the other drives has a mangled XP Pro OS that does not function well enough to use. So, I installed XP on the drive that I just installed.

Problem is that when I set the Boot Settings / hard disk drive to be the new hd, while the removeable drive is plugged in, it all works the way I want it to. However, if after having backed up to the removeable drive, I remove it for safe storage, the computer will then boot up from the wrong hd. When checking in the BIOS setup, I see that the Hard Disk Drive setting has been changed.

I just want it to stay with what I specified and not change things on its own. Is this possible?
 

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A friend of mine has asked me to transfer some music and picture files from his old IDE hard Drive in a HP Pavillion System, to his new SATA hard drive in his new Dell System, it sounds like it should be a fairly simple process, but my question is, what is the best way to just copy these files and not the entire hard disk?
 

Answer:Need help transferring files from IDE Hard Drive to SATA Hard Drive

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I earlier posted about the Aspire AST690-UP925A having 250GB hard drive. I since then contacted Aspire chat support. Apparently, not being tech savy we didn't realize 250 gb hard drive only 112 c drive is able to be used, the d data drive holds the programs to run the computer.

I didn't mean can I use the external hard drive internally. I meant, if I hook it up externally would it work in place of the internal hard drive that is nearly full except for around 10 GB?

So, unfortunately the computer isn't as big as you believe. But...I wanted to know if I purchase (I was looking at western digital elements 2TB external hard drive). Can we use it for this computer. It will not run itunes or anything like that, but we can obviously go online.

My brother wants to buy a new computer, but I know that is probably not the way to go. Should we get an internal hard drive installed and other memory or something or can we use the external hard drive?

I would appreciate any informed help on this since we do not no technical info on computers. Can't really afford to buy another computer right now.

Thanks in advance
 

Answer:Can external hard drive be used for full internal hard drive?

If you want to take out the drive from external hard drive case and install it in your desktop/laptop, then usually you can. Usually external hard drives are just ordinary hard drives accompanied by some extra controller to make it able to "talk" via general ports (e.g. USB). However I am not familiar with digital elements 2TB , so I can not confirm it. But I do have WD external drive, which I had positively confirm that its real drive is just ordinary hard drive.

Note that if you decide to do this, I suggest to find experience people to work on extracting the drive. If you do it yourself you will risk to damage it, and you don't want that since usually opening the closure means voiding the warranty.
 

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Hi. I recently purchased a new SATA harddrive and a Serial ATA PCI adapter and installed it on my computer. I also have an IDE hard drive in my computer.Is there any way to run them both together on my computer. I want the SATAdrive as my primary drive. I can use them separately but not together. WindowsXP professional is installed on both.(The IDE drive was the original drive in computer...) When I try to run them together the IDE takes over, if when set as a master slave..the RAID software is installed in system BIOS. Any suggestions?Shyboy

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Hi guys,

I'm new on any sort of forums so go easy if it's a stupid question..but here goes.

Me and my brother built me a new computer from scratch (he did the building - i did the watching).

To cut a long story short - I purchased an internal hard drive from Overclockers UK. It's a Samsung 1TB drive. I also have a 64 Solid-state drive in there as my primary hard drive that Windows was installed on and a couple of programs are installed on. My storage disk (the 1TB disk) is for all my music/films etc. Whenever I drag and drop a file into the Samsung hard-drive - it copies it rather than moves it instantly.

When I had a laptop, I had 3 external hard drives and this is the way it copied files onto them.

Does anyone know how I can get the internal drive to stop acting like an external drive?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Internal Hard Drive acting like an External Hard Drive

This is the way it works. I have an 80GB SSD and an internal HDD and the same happens if the file/folder is large enough. If you just copy a few MBs, you will not see the window with the green stripe running. But if e.g. you copy 500MBs, you will see it. It physically moves the data. That is different if you copy on the same volume from one folder to another. Then it only makes an entry in the MFT.

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Hello,
It's been a terrible two weeks as far as computers go! At first I thought I had malware, but after spending 4 days going through all the different tests, I found out that I had no malware, but I had a system crash on the day in question. SO, I spent another 3 or 4 days in the software forum trying to get my computer up to speed once again. Finally, after all that time and many, many headaches and sleepless nights, my computer was back to normal....fast and perfectly running like the day I built it not 6 months ago! That was until the next day, when Windows started telling me my hard drive was failing! UUUGGGGHHH!
So, anyway, I have a Seagate SATA II 320gb drive that is literally 6 months old that is failing. I recently purchased another Seagate SATA 300gb hard drive for another computer that I was about to start building over the holidays (until my nice little encounter with computer nastiness!). I was wondering how I would go about transferring my files from the one drive to the other? I tried backing everything up to disk, but it failed about halfway through the first of ten disks! What is a RAID setup, and would it be any good for my situation? I am really finding out that I am computerally challenged, but we all have to start somewhere, so please be gentle with me and assume that I know NOTHING....you're probably right! Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks for all you guys do, and if you need any other info, just let me know. I a... Read more

Answer:Hard Drive Failing....how do I transfer files to new hard drive?

http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.j...toid=d9fd4a3cdde5c010VgnVCM100000dd04090aRCRD
This is a free download from Seagate that will copy the entire drive from the old drive to the new one (read the Data Migration section). For more info: http://www.seagate.com/support/discwizard/dw_ug.en.pdf
 

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i have a problem my laptop says it has two hard drives though it only has one physical one my os hard drive is filled and my local disk has lots og free space can someone help me combine them?

Answer:Os hard drive and local disk hard drive how can i make them into one?

  
Quote: Originally Posted by CraziReaper


i have a problem my laptop says it has two hard drives though it only has one physical one my os hard drive is filled and my local disk has lots og free space can someone help me combine them?


First, if at all unsure backup

Parigon disk suite (free trial)

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Hi. As I'm unable to boot up my old computer and need some files off it I removed the hard drive from it and attached it to the 'slave' connection on a working computer's hard drive. The working computer boots up OK but having done this what program do I use to get files from the non working computer's hard drive?

Answer:How to copy from slave hard drive to master hard drive?

You don't need any special program.

Did you set the jumpers on the HDD to slave. If the HDD in your old computer was a master, the jumpers are probably set to master. You'll need to put the jumpers on slave if you are going to add it to an existing IDE cable as a slave. When you restart your PC enter the bios and see if the bios detects this new HDD. IF it does you should be able to enter your OS and it should be detected as a new drive letter.

Then just find your files and copy & paste to master HDD.

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